I briefly flirted with the idea of changing up the nationality of my music post this week, but considering it’s Scotland In New York Week!!!, I’m going to keep going on the theme. Thursday night, Frightened Rabbit will be playing here, but before that happens, I get to see one of my favorite bands to come out of the British Indie Rock explosion of the mid aughts (2005 and on), Franz Ferdinand. (I know they’re not all Scottish, but they met and started up in Glasgow, and Glasgow has been a huge part of who they are.)
From the very first second your toe started tapping to “Take Me Out,” you knew Franz Ferdinand were here to make you dance. And make us dance, they have. Starting with their ubiquitous debut album, Franz Ferdinand, and continuing on with their subsequent albums, You Could Have It So Much Better, and Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.
I’m happy to say, their latest, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action sees ze Franz doing what they know how to do best. Try and not tap your toes.
However, today I’m going to share one of my favorite songs from Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, because I really hope they play this when I see them on Tuesday!
What music are you enjoying lately? Any shows coming up you’re excited about?
Oh, hey, it’s another Scottish band, what a shocker. 😉
Chvrches (luckily, just pronounced “churches”) is definitely the latest buzz band, but with good reason. They perform killer electro pop, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t normally like electro pop. But I definitely have liked them since I first heard their song “Recover” from the Recover EP. Their full-length album, The Bones of What You Believe, just came out, and it fulfills the promise of the EP. Have a listen to one of the songs on the album, “The Mother We Share.”
It’s so sad, because I keep missing them playing in NYC. Every time I check, they’ve already announced it and it’s sold out. (I’m afraid next time around they’ll play some horrible venue like Terminal 5.) So don’t make the same mistake as me!
We’ve covered 2 of my favorite recent artists, and today we move onto the third!
My love for First Aid Kit, the lovely folk-rock duo from Sweden, is on par with my awe of their talent. Okay, forget awe. Straight up jealousy. Like, if the music wasn’t so amazing and sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg weren’t so endearing, I would probably hate them. Who gives you the right to be that talented that young?! (They’re 20 and 22, respectively, and have been making music since Johanna was just 14.)
But amazingly talented, they are. A 14-year-old writes a song about a husband cheating on his wife…that’s poignant and comes off as real?! Well, yes. Their debut EP, Drunken Trees, is good, but their follow up to that, Big, Black and the Blue, is astounding. I’ve listened to it through countless times. Their most recent album, The Lion’s Roar, shows growth from even an album as good as that, touching on country roots they shouldn’t have, having grown up in Sweden. Who cares?! It’s good music.
Here’s the title track and first single from The Lion’s Roar. It’s fun watching them perform this live, because they take advantage of the rare chance in their setlist to rock out and head bang.
Let me know what you think!
I pulled my first Music Monday from this post, and I’m going to follow in kind this week. Frightened Rabbit has been one of my favorite bands since mid 2008. I don’t even remember how I heard about them. It’s possible it was from The Pop Cop, that they caught my eye in one of their Music Alliance Pact entries, since they were from Scotland. (I’m a wee bit obsessed with Scotland.)
Who really cares how I discovered them? The discovery has pretty much changed my life. I have listened to The Midnight Organ Fight so many times, I’ve lost count. There have been times I’ve listened to my favorite song from that album on repeat for weeks at a time. And that was their second album, the follow-up to Sing the Greys. Since then, they’ve released The Winter of Mixed Drinks, State Hospital EP, Pedestrian Verse, and, most recently, Late March, Death March EP.
Sadly, as I mentioned, they have since stopped playing my favorite song live, as well as many of their earlier, well-loved, songs. So I will leave you with the first single from Pedestrian Verse, because it’s fantastic AND you are likely to hear this one live, should you catch them.
They are on tour, and I would highly advise you to check them out for yourself. Let me know what you think!
Everyone dreads Monday, and I’m no exception. Even while unemployed, it still doesn’t sit well. I’ve found that music is a good way to get through it, so I thought I would start doing Music Monday.
Since I just made a reference to Laura Marling the other day, I thought it would be fitting to make her the subject of my first Music Monday. Writing about her reminded me of her absolutely fantastic duet with another of the London new-folk scene, Johnny Flynn, called “The Water.”
This song just gets to me. The words. The melody. The harmonies. To me, it’s a small piece of musical perfection. I hope you like it as much as I do!
On another note, I had the most fantastic New York Sunday. I hope to write about it soon. How were your weekends?